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Professor Sandy Raeburn

Professor Sandy Raeburn was formerly a Volunteer Writer at BioNews.

BioNews Comment articles written by Professor Sandy Raeburn:
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Response to Professor Calum MacKellar
20 January 2014 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Having worked with families affected by genetic disorders for more than 40 years, both in the UK (with its multi-faith society) and in the Sultanate of Oman (where the majority are Muslim but other religions are allowed), I have seen and looked after many people with hereditary illnesses, including those with disabling mitochondrial conditions.... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Professor Sandy Raeburn:
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Radio Review: Born in Bradford
20 June 2016 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
The Born in Bradford study, which began in 2007, has recorded data prospectively from 12,000 mothers, 4000 fathers and their 14,000 children born in Bradford General Hospital... [Read More]
TV Review: Countdown to Life, The Extraordinary Making of You - The First Eight Weeks
28 September 2015 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
About forty years ago meetings of the London Dysmorphology Club were held at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This club set out to document the clinical features of childhood congenital disorders and to give as precise a label as possible to the underlying conditions, most of which were extremely rare.... [Read More]
Book Review: The Story Within - Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity
24 August 2015 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Over 30 years ago, those who taught clinical genetics to medical students and other health professionals focussed on the triple difficulty of explaining a genetic disease, its inheritance pattern and its scientific basis. Now, there is a growing literature of personal memoirs, wonderfully exemplified by this splendid monograph... [Read More]
Book Review: Risky Genes - Genetics, Breast Cancer and Jewish Identity
28 January 2013 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Forty years ago I began to realise that the most interesting work in medicine lay at the interface of different specialties. Researchers who straddle such boundaries gain important insights but the experience can be daunting... [Read More]
Book Review: Consanguinity in Context
17 September 2012 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
This monograph is desperately needed. Western societies, who often chose consanguineous marriage in the past, have grown to fear it and to denigrate communities where it is commonly practiced... [Read More]
Book Review: Ethical and Legal Requirements for Transnational Genetic Research
26 September 2011 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
First, here is the bad news. Readers attracted by this title are in for a stormy and depressing journey. The writing, both in choice of language and sentence construction, is turgid. The problems of 'plain English' start in the six-page introduction, reach a low point in the ethical chapter and only improve slightly in the legal section... [Read More]
TV Review: The Gene Code - The Book of Life/Unlocking the Code
9 May 2011 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Nearly twenty years ago, a medical school I know well was deciding whether to incorporate the university genetics department. One senior medical professor cautioned that science-focused geneticists would be well advised to stop studying fruit flies, snails and other animal species in favour of 'real genetic research' into human genetics.... [Read More]
TV Review: Genetics and Medicine
24 January 2011 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
In June 2010, Teachers.TV issued a series of five videos on 'Genetics and Medicine' (1), covering important elements of genetics aimed at school students between the age of 14 and 16 (2).... [Read More]
Radio Review: Frontiers - Epigenetics
13 December 2010 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
This Frontiers programme challenged three genetic dogmas. The presenter quoted a recent Observer headline on epigenetics: 'Why everything we were told about evolution was wrong!'... [Read More]
Radio Review: Frontiers - Cancer Treatment
8 November 2010 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
About 15 years ago, I formed the view we should be less ambitious about improving 'Public Understanding of Science' because we should not expect the public to understand genetic principles in detail. Better, I thought, to give a grounding in core science skills... [Read More]